Elzie Wylie Baker, Jr. — more commonly known as Buddy — is a true NASCAR legend.
He raced from 1967 to 1992 and during that time, amassed 19 wins, 311 top 10 finishes and 38 poles in the Monster Energy Series. He was the 1970 Southern 500 winner, and won the World 600 and Winston 500 three times each.
He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998, and is in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and is in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends.
Sadly, on August 10, 2015 after a losing battle with lung cancer.
So today, on the two-year anniversary of his death, NASCAR remembered him with one of his most memorable post-race moments. It took him 18 tries, but in 1980, he finally won the Daytona 500. His interview was a combination of jubilant, relieved, and stunned, and it was a magical moment for Baker.
RIP to one of a kind.